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    August 16, 2009
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into the town hall wars this we week, even as cable news was playing up the conflict and confrontations at other gathering with members of congress. as the voices drowned out numerous attempts to debt bait the obama plan, both in the town halls we saw and in the media. >> wait a minute -- >> you don't trust me? >> can i say, this is another example of how the media ends up just completely distorting what's taken place? suddenly, on some of these news outlets this is being portrayed as obama collecting an enemy's list. now, come on, guys. >> at the white house, robert gibbs also seemed frustrated by the media's con duck. >> i think we all have something to lose, matt f we let cable television come to town hall
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meetings and kill health reform for another year. >> i think some of you were disappointed yesterday that the president didn't get yelled at. sure. >> so have journalists allowed protesters to hijack the debate or are they overly critical of americans who want to voice frustrations? joining me now is jeff zellemy, amy holmes, and ruth marcus. jeff, is obama right that the media is distorting these town halls? >> i think in a sense they are, but also in a sense they're not. the images and passions that were shown this week from town hall meetings show real americans having real concerns about this. that's one of the things that has been left out of this. i spent most of the week in iowa going to several town halls. there are real, patriotic voting americans who don't like what they see. >> that the whole story? >> it's not. i think we have been missing the
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context of this youtube is fantastic t takes us everywhere we can't go, but it doesn't give us context. that's a problem. >> when i watch cable, amy, it seem like this endless loop of these loud moments. one woman in a blue dress, katie abram, i've seen her 50 times. >> indeed. it's perfect for television. you have the audio, the visuals, the heat and passion. some loops have not been played, kenneth gladny who was at one of these town halls, was beaten up. he has not been splashed on the front pages. he has gotten less attention than professor gates and his arrest at harvard. the context conservatives are concerned about is the context this is supposed to marginalize and characterize the entire opposition to health care plan as being fringe and hysterical. the same treatment is not given to the other side when their folks come out to protest. >> obama keeps repeating this line how tv loves a ruckus.
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we heard gibbs say the media was disappointed that no one yelled at the president after his first town hall meeting. is there a grain of truth there? >> sure. conflict is more interesting than lack of conflict. when flowers bloom and the sun is shining, it's not necessarily news. so, we are all going to naturally gravitate to -- we, being the media -- naturally gravitate to the more exciting moments it is more exciting if you're a journalist to have those exciting moments. i think it's a little naive and a sign of some -- to some extent their -- the way they have been rocked back on their heels to hear the white house complaining about, you know, following the ruckus. they know that. >> this white house complaining about media coverage after obama being on the cover of "time" magazine how many times? >> it's striking how often robert gibbs and the president have complained about the media coverage. when fox news was breaking away from the first obama town hall,
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gallagher says any contentious questions, any yelling, we'll bring it to you. the other night, 1500 people were lined up for a clinic providing free health care. it made me think there is the existing health care system. i think news organizations have made an honest effort to unravel the complexities of this health care issue. let's face it, covering angry, shouting folks is more fun. >> no question about that. that free clinic was one example of that we had it on the cover of our paper as well, this week. if you look at the coverage what i was struck by, talking to voters and seeing people, how well-informed people were about this. not necessarily -- all the information was not accurate. >> they knew about the death panels? >> i think that was another thing taken a bit -- perhaps given more attention than people thought. but without question, a lot of news organizations are devoting a lot of time to serious coverage of this.
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but it's a complicated issue. it's impossible to break it down in a long newspaper story, let alone a 60-second tv story. >> let's share with viewers some of these moments. we are going to start with a woman named katie abram at a town hall meeting. she later pops up as a guest on hannity. >> this is why everybody in this room is so ticked off. i don't want this country turning into russia, turning into a socialized country. my question for you is -- what are you going to do to restore this country back to what our founders created according to the constitution? >> katie, were you happy with the answer you got from the senator today. >> my best friend karen called me and said, katie, you're on youtube? i'm like, what? that's odd. but, you know, honestly, after i asked the question, i was so just -- i don't know. i didn't hear half of what he said, to be honest with you. >> other people have shown up on these programs as well.
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is this a case where some conservative people are trying to turn these people into another "joe the plumber?" >> of course. things are much more understandable and this sort of the -- to talk about the concerns generally is not as powerful as seeing it expressed in the clearly very heart felt, very deep felt views of people. but there's a really interesting loop that's going on, which is -- i happen to listen to a lot of talk radio as i drive around. the conservative talk radio is ginning people up with -- i believe, a lot of very false information and a lot of scary words like socialist, and those people are listening and going to the town halls and motivated by concern about the health care program and their country. then they are being, also, then made stars by conservative talk radio and tv.
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>> i want to be diplomatic here. when i see some of these people, some of them are confused when they talk about taking back the country and constitution. they are angry about more than just the details of the health care plan. this is from hardball, about a man who brought a gun to a town hall meeting. >> you brought a sign that said the tree of liberty has to be watered with the board of tire rants, and you're carrying a gun at a presidential event. i think those things make people wonder what you're about. >> the sign didn't say anything about blood. >> is there a counter trying to show these people as right wing crazies. >> i think that's absolutely the fact. i think msnbc was delighting in this, taking these elements and making them stars and poster children for the protesters. you have to look back to the
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context. you look at the folks, when they listen to rush limbaugh or listen to fox news, they think they are getting a respectful hearing of their news which they don't get with other networks. >> you used the phrase the death panels, and sarah palin said she didn't want an american in which her parents or baby with downs syndrome had to go and a half front of the panel. is this something where he told her will you quit making things up? >> she said herself when she was leaving the stage and moving on, media, will you stop making things up. it's appropriate this week for people to -- to call people on things like that if she's going to use this as a plat fofrmt i was struck how that spread to people who are not on facebook. someone asked senator grassley
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this week in iowa if, you know, if he was concerned about that. he said i'm not going to pull the plug on grandma. he did not say that that was incorrect necessarily. >> the fact, there's been this twitter, tit-for-tat between senator specter and grassley. >> can i say one thing about twitter? one thing that is interesting to me about the current episode, it seems the right has taken the play book of the left and done it better this time. all the technology is going to the conservatives, twitter, facebook, meetups so they're winning at what used to be the liberals game. >> let me play for you what keith olbermann had to say about sarah palin. >> madam, you are a clear and present danger to the security of this nation. whether the death panel is something you dreamed or dreamed
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up whether it's product of a low intellect or a fevered intimation, you should be a shamed of yourself for having introduced it to the public discourse. >> there is something about sarah palin that makes liberal pu pundits angry. >> what she said was -- i would not call her a clear and present danger -- but what she said is an outrageous distortion of what is in the bill. for her to say that now she's -- it's interesting, now, if you look at her postings, they have footnotes. i'm curious about who is doing that for her. >> once the death panels got into the media echo chamber and taken out of the senate finance committee of the bill, so death panels have been put out of their misery. >> and a blogger for slate, he points to an april bloomberg story where obama -- certainly
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not talking about death panels, is talking about we will have a tough moral decision to be making about whether or not we spend money on elderly people who are at the end of life. so, while you may say sarah palin's formulation was extreme and possibly irresponsible, it raises a tough issue in the health care debate. i don't think it's appropriate for the media to say that's off the table. >> jeff, you have a profile of rahm emanuel and his powers as chief of staff. you say that the president was so ticked off about an earlier "new york times" profile, he erupted in anger and declared no more cooperation with staff profiles. what is the president so mad about? >> he was mad about, we're told, that he was sort of reiting all of the interm workings of personality discussions and conflicts among senior advisers. he read all of those on the pages of the "new york times" sunday magazine. he called his advisers into a
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room and we're told he said enough, guys. >> and you say rahm emanuel -- >> he has 6,000 contacts in his -- >> we're not special? >> everyone has contact with him, but he declined a formal interview. >> i wonder how many of those,000 names are journalists. >> anger in africa. hillary clinton takes a history-making trip across the cou continent. ...oh shoot...i got no phone ...cuz i'm a pothole...so....k, bye! anncr: accidents are bad. anncr: but geico's good. with emergency road service. ding! a day on the days that you have arthritis pain, you could end up taking 4 times the number...
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hillary clinton has been traveling across africa, but that's not why she's in the headlines it was a brief, testy moment in the congo in response to a student's question that became an instant youtube
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classic and sent all the media therapists into a frenzy of psychoanalysis. >> wait, you want me to tell you what my husband thinks? my husband is not the secretary of state. i am. you ask my opinion, i will tell you my opinion. i am not going to be channeling my husband. this was an uncharacteristic response by the secretary of state, leaving some to suggest that either she is jag lagged or jealous of her husband and the huge shadow he casts. >> secretary of state hillary clinton flashed a bit of a temper today during a visit to congo. >> ouch. she seemed pretty mad at me right there. >> amy, i usually accuse the media of being obsessed about the clinton's marriage. given the cold fury we saw there, isn't the coverage justified? >> i think it is, especially because we have a former first lady, then senator and now
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secretary of state who has been contained in her public statements about bill clinton, and we saw on the campaign trail, his arm around her. this gave you a bit of flash and insight into a very inscrutable woman. >> there has been some journalistic tut-tutting, about what about the substance of her trip to africa. >> i think you can pay attention to the heat part, and that was the heat part, and pay attention to the substance of the trip. what i thought was fascinating about secretary of state clinton's response is that it was so uncharacteristic. usually when she gets a question that is apt to make her angry, she does the faux laugh thing. this time she was hot, she was tired it was -- you didn't have to be married to bill clinton to find that to be an annoying comment. i could say that as a woman and if somebody asked me that
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question, i might have popped off the same way. and -- and it also is true that there is a complicated marriage and he had just had a big achievement in north korea. so -- >> right. >> was just so uncharacteristic. it was the very definition of news for that reason. >> the "washington post" gave her outburst two paragraphs at the end of a story. one of your columnists at the "new york times" asked the secretary about that statement and got a complete no answer. >> i think it showed maybe she has been want doing this for a long time. >> come on. >> no i mean, privately, of course. but there's no question those are her real feelings in that moment. the whole scheme of things, there's the issue of fairness of was the question translated properly. >> the initial reports said it was mistranslated, but later in
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the week there were reports that it was about her husband. >> i think there's also a sense of question -- like, is there -- i haven't talked to that student or know if any reporters have specifically, but is that exactly what they meant. i when traveling with senator obama at the time in 2006 in africa, people thought he was already the president. so, with the line of authority -- >> another element is that it took a foreign tore provoke this reaction from hillary when the entire washington press corps couldn't. >> one critic said the coverage of that moment was sexist. i'm not sure i agree with that. we've got to go. thank you very much for joining us. coming up in the second half of "reliable sources" multiples madness. the morning shows give us another dose of kate, this time without jon. and second act. michael vick returning to football. will the notorious dog fighter have a tougher time winning over
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the fans or the press. and the baby boomer media still won't give wood stock a rest.
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last night it is expected to make landfall later today. >> and tropical storm ana and bill are out in the atlantic moving west. an american imprisoned in myanmar is now out of that country. john yettaw was sentenced to seven years of hard labor after going to the home of aung san suu kyi. that and more ahead on "state of the union." thank you very much, john. it is hard to talk about what michael vick did without cringing. the former pro quarterback just sprung from prison after 23 months, wanted to get back to the nfl. the problem, of course, vick was convict offend a heinous crime, involved in years of the sport of dogfighting. vick landed a high profile l
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platform, a 60-minute interview with james brown airing tonight. >> you were a part of, engaged in horrible treatment of animals, shooting them, electrocuting them, drowning them. horrific things, michael. what about the dogs? what about the dogs? >> was wrong, j.b. and, you know, i feel -- i feel, you know, tremendous hurt behind what happened. and shy have took the initiative to stop it all, you know, and i didn't. i didn't step up. i wasn't a leader. >> he didn't step up. well, on friday the philadelphia eagles announced they were signing vick to a two-year deal, despite the new job and the televised regrets, are the media still intent on throwing him for a loss? joining me is mike wise from the
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"washington post," and the new midday host of the fan in town. and in detroit, drew sharp. drew, did michael vick have to go on "60 minutes" or some show like that? >> he had to i always thought he should have gone on oprah. oprah is a dog lover herself. he can have his come to jesus, moment, you know to appeal to the sappiness of our society at times. oh, he's learned his lesson. i'm sure this is going to be a nicely rehearsed scripted performance that he will give cbs this evening. again, i don't think it will change the opinions that a lot of people have it's a polarizing moment right now in sports. for every person who is singing the praises that he's getting a second chance two or three other people are saying, you know what? i don't want to see him ever again. >> i'm sure he will use some of the lines he used at the televised press conference when the eagles signed him on friday
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to give you a brief hint, the philadelphia daily news has a reaction to the signing. it says hide your dogs. we don't have that to show you, but can this sort of thing change vick's image given the thing he pled guilty to? >> he will have to show real remorse after the press conference, howard. i think that means going out to the animal shelter, going out to youth camps and preaching against animal cruelty. it is one thing to sort of have that "i'm sorry can i play again moment" as marion jones did on the courthouse steps several years ago. you -- contrition tour is part of the deal, but you have to follow it up. if he doesn't do that there's going to be some people out there that question his sincerity the other day. >> drew n a column yesterday you talked about this second chance for vick. you used the phrase "morality of convenience." it's in his interest and in the eagles best interest to get him back throwing a football, but
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will we forget about the dogfighting thing and chronicle whether he can make it on the gridiron? >> it's not just the dogfighting. we get lost in the dogs in this matter. michael vick is in the situation that he is in because he masterminded and funded a felony, a federal felony. he lied to his both, both of them, the nfl commissioner and the atlanta falcons owner. he failed a drug test when the judge told him to stay clean. there's a pattern of behavior here. for people to get caught up on the dogs, that's the mistake. this is a guy who may have sociopathic behavior there. is this what the nfl really wants with the broad reach that it has to have a guy like this. >> this reminds me of kobe when he was facing those sexual assault charges in which he was ultimately acquitted or the charges were dropped. do journalists have a responsibility this coming eagles season to put out the
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cruelty involved in the dogfighting and other things drew mentioned? >> yeah, and to the point does the nfl want this? if the nfl took out every person with a character flaw, we would not have a league, okay? so that's one thing. >> the counter argument is the guy went to prison, he paid his debt to society. should he never be forgiven by those of news the press? >> i think at some point is, you don't want to be defined by your worst moment in life. everybody. doesn't matter whether it's rick p p pitino or michael vick. in a lot of state bar associations, a lot of state teaching associations, michael vick could never -- because he is convicted of a felony -- could never teach again. if anybody thinks roger goodell is piling it on, no.
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>> before the eagles signed vick, jesse jackson was out there telling the new york times that nfl owners may be colluding to keep him out of the league. that was not true should that have been reported as straight news story or should we in the press have said there goes jesse playing the race cardigan? >> again, i'm not a second chance kind of guy. when it involves the spoiled pampered athletes who have had their fans, family and followers excusing their contemptible behavior since they became an athletic prodigy at 13. this is another example of this. i would like reverend jackson and these others who have been preach being second chances, i would like to see them hold that standard to the next 29-year-old black man released from federal jail after serving two years who cannot run a 40-yard dash in 4.3 or sell a jersey. it's not going to happen. >> you mentioned rick pitino, he was before the television
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cameras this week expressing regret. the married coach acknowledged having sex with a woman in a restaurant six years ago and paying her $3,000. the woman is named karen, and she has been charged with trying to extort $10 million from rick pitino. did he have to go on tv and make a statement like this? >> if he's going to walk into 18, 19-year-old kids living rooms and impress their parents or their coaches, that somehow rick pitino is still a good coach for your child, yes, i do think so. i'm also shocked at the double standard in which, for instance, the democratic president or a republican senator cannot be re-elected or will have, you know, congressional investigations against them. rick pitino can go on coaching his job at louisville. >> the "new york post" interviewed this woman. she -- but found contradictions. she said pitino had pressured her to get an abortion, but she
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also played a voicemail for the reporter in which he is said i can't give you any advice, just let me know what you're going to do. double standard in terms of l u lieuville and the media? if his record last year was 18-18 instead of 31-5, he would be fired right now because his actions -- his confessions violated the morals clause in his contract. the idea that it will effect these parents of these 18, 19-year-old kids, they don't care. all they care about is my kid going to have a good chance of getting into the nba playing for rick pitino. that's the morality of convenience i spoke about. >> they don't care a guy who stood next the pope is suddenly going to be a good guy. >> i was surprised that the "new york post" yesterday posted a picture of this woman in a
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bikini. turns out, if she gave the paper the photo. >> all right. up next, you knew it couldn't last. kate gosselin and nadya suleman jumping back into the media spotlight. and in the next hour, john king breaks down the sound of sunday with james carville and mary matalin. %%%%%%%%%%
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they were reality show stars who most of america, including me, had never heard of, at least until he started cheating and they split up and the gossip magazines couldn't get enough of jon and kate and the eight kids. and this week the newly separated kate gosselin was on "the today show." >> by the time there were those rumors swirling about with jon with other women. when i sat down with you in may, had he already moved out of the house by that point, kate?
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>> to be very honest, i don't remember. there's so much going on. >> and now we are hearing from him that he had started up a relationship in may with this young woman, haley glassman, 22 years old. were you shocked at that revelation. >> i was shocked, but it -- those things, to be very honest, that's his life, they don't affect me directly at this point. >> but it's got to be hurtful. >> well, it is hurtful. >> reporter: while the tlc reality show warps into jon without kate, television is bringing back another on cure figure with a whole bunch of kids -- fox broadcasting will air a two-hour prime time special this week on nadya suleman, better known as octomom. fox says it will chronicle the emotional struggles, physical complications and financial
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burdens of this single mother of 14. so why do the media keep turning these sad character near celebrities? should the rest of us care? joining us, lisa bloom, former anchor for "in session" now a legal analyst for cnn. in washington, david zurwick, tv critic for "the baltimore sun" and lola okanoki. lisa bloom, kate's husband fooled around. they split up, now she's on "the today show." i thought they could have gotten their 15 minutes of fame. why does anyone still care about this. >> how sad that there's this appetite among american news consumers for stories like that, about peoples short comings. is this the first time that people have had a divorce? 20,000 people are dying every day from extreme poverty, the world is going through climate change of horrendous
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proportions, and the news media rarely covers those stories. "the today show" did two long segments on jon and kate. you wonder what is going through meredith's mind when she is asking about kate's ring. >> all right, what was going through meredith's mind? >> that is a high road sounding argument for sunday tv. american people care about these characters. that's not enough just that they care about them. here's what's going on with kate gosselin, at least. people are judging their own lives. they're judging themselves as parents. they're judging themselves as wives. they're judging themselves as families against her. that's really important. she is the most talked b the most discussed representation or
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image of motherhood on american television. think back to the '50s with barbara billingsley from "leave it to beaver" and books and dissertations are written about them. >> since you used the phrase, david just called you high-minded. do you want to respond to that? >> i think it's sad, international stories, stories of people dieing from malaria, aids, tb in the third world, most of that doesn't get coverage while we gorge ourselves on this diet of jon and kate. they were on the cover of "us weekly" eight weeks in a row to drum up sales. more people know about jon and kate than serious international issues. i tell people, you have to tune in and watch those stories if you care about them, but most people don't. >> lisa knows, reality is that a lot of people are miserable out there. they find solace in other people's misery. rather than having to deal with the horrible things happening in
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the word, they like to tune in to jon and kate. it's escapism. >> the latest is tmz reporting they had a fight over the babysitter, kate called the police, they made up. in elevating this weird couple to this kind of prominence, are the media ignoring not only important and international stories but the plight of the eight kids? >> the kids are being discussed now, now that they have been dragged into the media spectacle this has become. everyone is wondering are these kids being exploited? are they safe? are they in the best hands they should be? people are asking those questions a lot in many ways this is bringing to light also the issue of child exploitation and reality series. >> the media is not ignoring those other stories. cable news has 24 hours a day, it covers those stories very well, thank you. >> do they, really? i don't see them covering those
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stories. i don't see those stories being covered at all. about 200 girls schools being bomb to the ground by the taliban in pakistan. >> how did you find out about it if it's not covered? >> we love to focus on the personal short comings of other people in their personal lives, as if we don't have those same short comings. yet we are one of the richest countries in the world and ignore the problems that fester in the third world because there is no appetite for it. >> we are covering those stories. >> people don't identify necessarily with girls who have been victims of the taliban. they do identify with jon and kate plus eight. there are people going through divorces, and they feel those people they are watching on the small screen are just like them. >> i will agree, particularly the fighting in iraq and afghanistan has gotten short shift. when you talk about 24 hours for cable tv, 23 hours this week has been taken up by repetitive
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images of people yelling at each other at town hall meetings. let's talk about octomom. a fox prime time special airing this week. >> her hospital stay comes days before a two-hour fox documentary called "octomom:the incredible unseen footage." the producers call the footage jaw dropping it was shot by a crew living with suleman for seven months. >> i want it to be very not like "jon and kate plus eight." i feel they made a mistake letting it be invase nif their lives. >> are you going to do a reality show when the kids are grown up? >> no i think that's exploitation of my kids. >> this sheer exploitation of fox, or does nadya suleman benefit by staying in the news? >> she does i think there's a worthy story about the exploitation of kids on reality shows. i talked about that a lot, these children are living in a world
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with cameras, bright lights, equipment being brought into their home, being filmed 24/7 in their own home, which is very unhealthy, unsafe and a violation of california labor laws in my view. we don't care that much about children because this is an interesting story. we all want to look at t eat our popcorn and forget about the more important issues in the world and criticize octomom. >> just as with kate, david, did all of the media attention create octomom as a public figure, but in this case as a villain? >> sure, again, with lisa. there's a lot of issues about the children. my blog gets a lot talking about kate. 90% of them are dealing with the children. >> are a lot of other children in the world besides these children. there are a lot of other
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children in the world besides these children. of course we care about these children, but do we care about children dieing from malaria, tb, diarrhea and preventable diseases? no because we don't see them. if we do occasionally see them, then america does rise to the challenge. for the most part we don't see them. why? because they're crowded out by these stories. i personally pitched stories like the cambodian war crimes tribunal, you can't get those stories on the air. why? because we want stories with the sex, bad parents, people like octomom. those are the stories that get covered week after week to the exclusion of other important and worthy stories. >> fox bought this footage from another company that bought it from radar online. and they said we'll give the kids six figures, probably to avoid criticism that they're getting nothing out of it given how irresponsibly she acted having these 14 kids k television rehabilitate nadya
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suleman. >> i highly doubt it i think she's hoping this will, in many ways, lead to something bigger. people see her as a villain. she's not a likable character. i think fox is banking on that that's why they didn't give her a full reality series. they are testing the waters with this show and seeing if she does draw ratings, they may give her a full show. >> could be more. >> could be more. >> one more topic, the national enquirer reporting that john edwards has taken a dna test that proeves he is the father o hunter's baby girl. does the media deserve respect for being consistently right on these stories. >> they generally are right on stories about politicians. john edwards was a candidate for president. this is a story of some significance, of the foolish choices he made, the shortcomings in his personal life, but, again this is a story
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about one man's family. if we were honest, many of us have similar failings, but we like to pile on somebody like john edwards. >> edwards initially lied about the afar, then confessed it on "nightline" and now he says the baby is not his, and could be lying again. >> the national enquirer has earned responsibility with this story. this is a man elected in ira. his two americas thing was an important thing. >> but he lost, it's over. >> he could have been vice president in 2004. who has more credibility at this point, the national enquirer or john edwards? >> the national enquirer, definitely. they win. >> that's an interesting way of scoring it. >> except the ufo stories. >> there is that. >> after the break, did the
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articles discussed and debated? dude it was a seminole moment for the baby boomers and we dominate the media. >> woodstock started 40 years ago this weekend. those who were there have their own memories, or not. those who weren't there, have seen the images. >> now this could blow your mind. wou woodstock was 40 years ago this weekend. >> was a spectacle. 400,000 young people descending on a farm in upstate new york for three days of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. ♪ i'm yours >> were big bands, crosby stills and nash, joan bayes, jimi hendrix. ♪ janis joplin, grateful dead, the who. ♪ and lots of rain, and lots of trash. perhaps the greatest
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achievement, nobody killed anybody, nobody raped anybody, nobody shot anybody. but then the myth-making began. there was the joni mitchell song. ♪ by the time we got to woodstock ♪ ♪ we were having a million strong ♪ ♪ everywhere there was song and celebration ♪ >> and the live album. and the movie. ♪ the mainstream media were shocked and appalled by the hippies, and the hygiene, and most of all, the pot smoking and the drug taking. woodstock, said the "new york times," was a nightmare in the catskills. as the boomers got older, got hair cuts, got grown-up jobs, started caring about money, exercise, vacations, second homes, the summer of '69 remained a hazy beacon of when
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they were cool. today's media and nostalgia is as much about our lost adolescence as it is any historical significance. by the 50th anniversary, the boomers will have surrendered control of most news organizations and the whole thing may be rendered a mere footnote, that don't mean the aging fans won't be rocking out in their rocking chairs. digital tie diet, a woman's magazine takes pounds off a rock star. ( siren blaring nt special interest groups are trying to block progress on health care reform, derailing the debate with myths and scare tactics.
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desperately trying to stop you from discovering that reform won't force you to give up your current coverage. you'll still be able to choose your doctor and insurance plan. tell congress not to let myths get in the way of fixing what's broken with health care. learn the facts at healthactionnow.org. he needed a computer. it was kind of like a surprise present. he needs to, you know, write papers and go online. budget was definitely a concern. she was like, "help me." so i'm thinking: new cool thing is the netbook. two pounds, three pounds, 160 gigabyte hard drive. really great battery life. we get the netbook. i said, "bring him back into the store. let him pick out his bag." she introduced him to me. and it was like, "you're the guy who got me the netbook." he says, "this never happens, but i'm totally going to hug you right now." i get hugged all the time. how could you not hug this?
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kelly clarkson looks pretty good on the cover of "self" magazine. but if you check out this footage from the photo shoot, clarkson looks heavier. that's because the photo team knocked off a few pounds. andrew danzinger defends the digital diet. >> a snapshot is didn't than a cover. a cover is a poster. the thing about a poster, you want to capture the essence of you at your best. we're saying to women, look, everyone can love each other from the inside out and achieve their goals. >> who wouldn't want to look nice and trim without cutting out the pizza and ice cream. she said she meant to inspire women and is not journalism -- she's right about that it's also not honest and not terribly
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inspiring. john king, you don't need digital doctoring. >> i was wondering why i can't look like that this morning, especially in the new hd world. if i can slim down 5 or 10, i would be grateful for. >> we are turning things back over to you for more "state of the union." >> all right. thank you. i'm john king, and this is "state of the union." it's 11:00 a.m. eastern, time for "state of the union" sounds of sunday. 28 analysts have had their say, president obama's health secretary and top white house spokesmen. leaderses of organizations representing doctors and reti e retirees and more than a dozen former and current members of congress. we watched the sunday shows so you don't have to. we'll break it all down with james carville and mary